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Glendale Lake
Cambria County
 
Week of April 20 & June 4, 2009

Glendale Lake is a 1,600-acre impoundment located in Cambria County approximately three miles south of Coalport and 15 miles northwest of Altoona (Figure 1). The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources owns the dam and lake which are included within Prince Gallitzin State Park.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) is responsible for fish management activities on the reservoir. The PFBC manages the lakes warmwater and coolwater fish populations under statewide angling regulations and stocks walleye and purebred muskellunge fingerlings annually.

Figure 1. Map of Glendale Lake
Figure 1. Map of Glendale Lake

Musky
Area Fisheries Manager Jason Detar weighing a large musky captured at Glendale Lake

Fisheries Management Area 3 personnel sampled Glendale Lake during the week of April 20, 2009 primarily to assess crappie, bluegill, yellow perch, walleye, northern pike, and muskellunge populations. Staff fished Pennsylvania-style trap nets at 20 locations for a total duration of 452 hours. Preliminary results of the trap net survey are presented in Table 1.

Table 1. Length-frequency distribution of the most abundant game fish captured during trap net sampling at Glendale Lake during the week of April 20, 2009.

Length (inches) Yellow Perch Walleye Northern Pike Muskellunge Black Crappie White Crappie Bluegill
2 - - - - - - 42
3 3 - - - 3 - 57
4 4 - - - 1 - 41
5 13 - - - 3 - 62
6 42 - - - 6 - 237
7 73 - - - 38 1 92
8 71 - - - 106 4 1
9 16 - - - 35 10 -
10 5 - - - 2 6 -
11  1 - - - - 3 -
12 - - - - 2 2 -
13 - - - - - 1 -
14 - - - - - - -
15 - - - - - - -
16 - - - - - - -
17 - - - - - - -
18 - - - - - - -
19 - 1 - - - - -
20 - 3 2 - - - -
21 - 1 - - - - -
22 - 2 1 - - - -
23 - 2 2 - - - -
24 - 1 1 - - - -
25 - 3 2 - - - -
26 - 2 - - - - -
27 - - 2 - - - -
28 - - - - - - -
29 - 2 - - - - -
30 - 1 2 - - - -
31 - - - - - -
32 - - - - - - -
33 - - 3 - - - -
34 - - 2  1 - - -
35 - - - 3 - - -
36 - - - 6 - - -
37 - - - 1 - - -
38 - - - 1 - - -
39 - - - 1 - - -
40 - - - 3 - - -
41 - - - 1 - - -
42 - - - 2 - - -
43 - - - - - - -
44 - - - - - - -
45 - - - 1 - - -
46 - - - - - - -
47 - - - 1 - - -
48 - - - 1 - - -
Total 228 18 17 23 196 27 532

Additional fish species collected include: pumpkinseed, largemouth bass, golden shiners, common carp, white suckers, chain pickerel, and bowfin. The catch of muskellunge was impressive and populations are at an all time high at the lake. Glendale would be a good choice for those seeking an opportunity to catch a musky.

Walleye
Fisheries Biologist Dave Kristine with a large walleye caught during trap netting at Glendale Lake

In addition, staff conducted a night electrofishing survey on June 4, 2009 to assess the largemouth bass population. A total of four sites were sampled during one and a half hours of electrofishing. Preliminary results of the electrofishing survey are presented in Table 2.

Table 2. Length-frequency distribution of largemouth bass captured during night electrofishing on June 4, 2009.

Length (Inches) Largemouth Bass
1 1
2 -
3 1
4 2
5 2
6 6
7 36
8 26
9 9
10 28
11 10
12 8
13 10
14 3
15 1
Total 143

Results of the spring 2009 night electrofishing survey were similar to the previous survey in 2001 (Figure 2). The catch of legal-size bass (> 12”) comprised about 15% of the sample.

Figure 2. Catch rate (number/electrofishing hr) of largemouth bass at Glendale Lake during night electrofishing surveys from 1982 to 2009.

Figure 2

Also captured during night electrofishing were 7 northern pike, 10 chain pickerel, 2 walleye, 2 smallmouth bass, and a few large bowfin.

 
-- Andy Leakey, Area 3 Fisheries Biologist Aide

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